By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2017 8 Comments
    Does Prevagen Help to Improve Memory?

    The Federal Trade Commission and the New York attorney general are suing the maker of Prevagen. They charge the marketers of Prevagen with making deceptive memory and cognitive improvement claims. …

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 8 Comments
    Do Mammograms Lead to Overdiagnosis of Breast Ca…

    Mammograms to screen for breast cancer have long been controversial. When should women start having mammograms and how often should they get one for optimal detection of breast cancer? Will routine ma…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 0 Comments
    Are Weekend Warriors Doing More Good than Harm?

    Physical activity is crucial for good health, but many people find it difficult to do workouts during the work week. Some are weekend warriors, exercising intensely when they find the time. Can leisur…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 5 Comments
    Can You Treat Heartburn in Pregnancy without Har…

    Over the last several decades, acid-suppressing drugs have become extremely popular. Medicines like Tagamet, Pepcid, Prilosec and Nexium 24HR are available over the counter, and many people use them f…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 1 Comments
    Is Lack of Vitamin D Behind Your Chronic Headach…

    People who are deficient in vitamin D may be more prone to chronic headaches, according to a Finnish study. The study was designed for other purposes, but it found an intriguing link between the two. …

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2017 13 Comments
    Does Tasting Garlic Through Your Feet Offer Clue…

    Many health professionals think that using Vicks for coughs is at best an old wives' tale. This is especially true when we describe the technique. Instead of applying Vicks VapoRub to the chest or nec…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2017 11 Comments
    Will You Save Money Buying Synthroid from Canada…

    Drugs are more expensive in the US than anywhere else in the world. In many other countries, the government puts a cap on what the pharmaceutical companies can charge for their products. This does not…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2017 20 Comments
    Can You Turn Off Your Brain to Get a Good Night&…

    Getting a good night's sleep can be quite a challenge. Some people find it difficult to wind down and relax enough, even though they are tired, that they can finally drift off and get the rest they ne…

    By: Joe Graedon January 9, 2017 30 Comments
    How Good Is Restasis for Dry Eyes If It Causes B…

    If you watch television chances are pretty good that you have seen commercials for Restasis for Dry Eyes. In one you are asked: "Do you use artificial tears often?" In another you are told by the beau…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2017 8 Comments
    Is It Safe to Drink Sparkling Water for Acid Ref…

    Heartburn, indigestion or acid reflux all describe a similar type of discomfort: a burning pain behind the breastbone. There are numerous prescription drugs for this problem, including Nexium and Pri…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2017 13 Comments
    How Can You Heal Your Cracked Fingertips?

    Cold weather seems to put a lot of stress on fingers and thumbs. For some reason, splits and cracks in the skin near the fingernail seem to be far more common at this time of year. What can you do to …

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2017 8 Comments
    How to Avoid a Painful Gout Attack

    Pain gets everyone's attention. Whether it's a stubbed toe or a headache, heartburn or arthritis, pain signals that something has gone wrong. With appropriate treatment, most of these conditions are m…

    By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2017 3 Comments
    Show 1063: How to Apply Emotional First Aid

    Life is never completely smooth and easy. Along with bruised shins and skinned knees, we all experience hurt feelings from time to time. Perhaps we got left out of the game, or our best friend decide…

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2017 10 Comments
    Are NSAID Pain Relievers Like Ibuprofen Hurting …

    Americans love NSAID pain relievers. Millions take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB), or naproxen (Aleve) every day. Millions more swallow NSAID pain relievers their physicians prescribe. These drugs incl…

    By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2017 8 Comments
    Why Is a Magnesium-Rich Diet So Good for You?

    Following a magnesium-rich diet may be an often-overlooked path to good health. That is the conclusion of a new study. It found that people who eat foods that are good sources of magnesium are less l…

    By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2017 0 Comments
    How a Mediterranean Diet Benefits Your Brain

    You don't have to live near the Mediterranean Sea to get benefit from a Mediterranean-style diet. This eating pattern that can help your heart may also boost your brain and help it maintain its size. …

    By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2017 3 Comments
    Will Ham and Bacon Make You Wheeze?

    Adults who love sausage, bacon, ham, prosciutto, pepperoni, pastrami and other cured meats could be setting themselves up to wheeze. That is the conclusion of a new study from France. What Did the Stu…

    By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2017 10 Comments
    Can Probiotics Reduce Inflammation and Improve H…

    A recent health buzzword will probably get even more attention in the coming year. Expect to hear more about probiotics. Why? Probiotic foods and supplements offer the possibility for altering a damag…

    By: Joe Graedon January 2, 2017 7 Comments
    Suicide and Chantix: Was There A Connection?

    Chantix helps many people stop smoking. That's the good news. But there is a darker side to Chantix. There used to be a black box warning (the FDA's strongest message to doctors about drug dangers) ab…

    By: Joe Graedon January 2, 2017 4 Comments
    Why the Pharmacy Safety Net Has HUGE holes

    When was the last time you talked to a pharmacist? If you get your medicine through the mail or at a chain drugstore, the chances are good that you did not speak directly with a health professional. I…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 29 Comments
    Can You Ease Psoriasis with Natural Remedies?

    Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition in which the skin cells end up turning over far more rapidly than normal. As a result, red itchy patches with silvery scales (clumps of cells that moved too q…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 18 Comments
    How to Help Acid Reflux Without a PPI

    People with serious acid reflux are trapped in a terrible dilemma. To control their uncomfortable symptoms, their doctors prescribe a powerful acid-suppressing drug such as dexlansoprazole (Dexilant),…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 26 Comments
    What Natural Remedies Could Help Neuropathy?

    Neuropathy (pain, numbness or tingling, usually in the feet or hands) is caused by a malfunction of the nerves in the skin. We need such nerves to tell us about the world around us, and when they st…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 4 Comments
    How to Solve Cracked Fingertips with Coconut Oil

    As the temperature drops outside, so does the humidity. Cold air holds less moisture. It won't be much better inside in most cases, as heating tends to dry air out. It is no wonder so many people are…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Drinking Tea to Lower Blood Pressure Make Y…

    Many people would love to find a simple, natural approach to getting their blood pressure under control. There is an appeal to avoiding medications with multiple side effects. While you may have to wo…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2016 6 Comments
    Common Pain Relievers (NSAIDs) Vs. Colorectal Ca…

    Investigators writing in the BMJ (Dec. 5, 2016) report that a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like ibuprofen reduces the risk of colorectal cancer. So does aspirin. NSAIDs and Colon Polyp…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 9 Comments
    Show 1018: How to Have Healthier Habits in the N…

    Habits-things you do on a regular basis without even thinking about them-can have a huge impact on our health. But it isn't easy to drop old habits that aren't serving us well, like eating a pint of i…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Lower the Chance that a Baby will Develop…

    What can a parent do to reduce a child's chance of asthma? Until recently, the only advice doctors had was obvious: don't expose a baby or youngster to cigarette smoke. While that is still critical, D…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2016 5 Comments
    Can Aspirin Use Cut the Risk of Pancreatic Cance…

    Pancreatic cancer is a killer. Less than 8 percent of those diagnosed with this disease are still alive after five years. It is more common than most people realize. So news that people who took asp…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 13 Comments
    Will Your Sleep Aid Make You Stupid?

    Getting a good night's sleep can be an ongoing challenge. As a result, people try every possible option they can. A recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports has found that a large number of people …

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 8 Comments
    A New Way to Prevent Lyme Disease

    Tick bites can transmit a variety of serious diseases, including Lyme disease. A specific germ causes this infection. It is a spirochete in the genus Borrelia. In the US, B. burgdorferi is usually r…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 13 Comments
    Why Is Listerine Important for Public Health?

    Sexually transmitted diseases still cause infections and suffering around the world, but public health authorities are hopeful that help might come from an unexpected quarter. An old mouthwash has ju…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 13 Comments
    Vicks On the Feet Calms Night Cough: Not a Place…

    Whenever we get a question about putting Vicks on the feet for a nighttime cough we hear from skeptics who insist that this is a placebo effect. Since there are no scientific studies to prove otherwis…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 29 Comments
    Is Your High Blood Pressure Reading due to Bad M…

    One of the most fundamental measurements that is taken at almost every doctor's visit is blood pressure. After you get weighed, a nurse frequently will check to see whether your blood pressure is with…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 39 Comments
    Can Surgical Anesthesia Cause Brain Fog and Conf…

    When a doctor discusses the pros and cons of elective surgery, the conversation often focuses on the desired benefits and the potential risks of the procedure itself. Rarely does the subject of surgic…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 13 Comments
    High Prices for Generic Drugs: Are Companies Col…

    The Attorney General of Connecticut minced no words when he said that his office "has developed compelling evidence of collusion and anticompetitive conduct across many companies that manufacture and …

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2016 11 Comments
    Will Magnesium Prevent Horrible Muscle Cramps?

    Are you taking a medication that could be leaching magnesium out of your body? Prescribers don't always think to warn people of that possible side effect. When magnesium drops too low, the consequence…

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2016 4 Comments
    Could a Gluten-Free Diet Help Blood Sugar?

    Controlling blood sugar is of utmost importance to people with diabetes. This can be a frustrating task. Some people, like this writer, find it exceedingly difficult to bring blood glucose into a hea…

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Stop Cluster Headaches by Inhaling Lidoca…

    Cluster headaches are exquisitely painful headaches that occur repeatedly in "clusters." Usually the pain is on one side of the head, often around one eye. Most sufferers have periods of time in which…

    By: Terry Graedon December 22, 2016 22 Comments
    Show 1014: Dr. Andrew Weil on Good Food Fast (Ar…

    Dr. Andrew Weil, the country's leading expert in integrative medicine, believes that good health begins in the kitchen. It's hardly revolutionary to propose that diet matters when it comes to our heal…